Book: Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
Summary (from GoodReads): Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting–or stealing–whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir–this time, Hale might be the mark. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.
Thoughts: I love Heist Society and the latest Gallagher Girl novel is Carter’s strongest book yet, so I had incredibly high expectations for Perfect Scoundrels. For the most part, my expectations were met. Kat gets roped into a situation with personal stakes that requires all of her scheming and family connections. I loved that we get to see Hale’s world and setting him up as the mark is the perfect way to add tension to the romance without introducing a love a triangle.
Kat’s family is huge and lovable Seeing so many of them return for this installment, along with a few we haven’t met before, is great. I especially enjoyed watching Kat and her team really grow up. Unlike the adults in Hale’s world, Kat’s family is willing to step back to support the next generation as they come to control the family business.
This book is full of schemes and cons and heists… and all of that, I loved. Kat has a worthy adversary who knows all her secrets and stakes that matter. However, much like the last book, Uncommon Criminals, the end just missed the mark for me. For the most part, I love watching Kat spin multiple plans. She comes from a world where there isn’t just a plan B, there is a whole alphabet full of contingency plans. I’m okay if she pulls a fast one on me, but I’d like them to be set up a little bit. I’d like Carter to give me a sporting chance at what is about to happen. I felt the ending was hard to fully believe. Highlight the next paragraph for details (which will include spoilers).
**SPOILERS** (highlight) This time around, I didn’t believe the death enough to get upset and I would have preferred to believe it. Then I got confused when it was explained. By far, my biggest issue is the very end where Kat calls in a favor from Interpol and the Interpol agent lets Kat and her family go. I don’t believe that Kat has that kind of pull. I just don’t. And I don’t believe that an Interpol agent would be able to resist arresting the man Kat delivers as well as Kat and her family, all of them infamous thieves. (highlight)**END SPOILERS**.
Moments I Loved: The book starts off with Kat and Hale’s first meeting. We know this back story from previous books, but seeing the scene was something else, something special.
WTF Moments: The end. I just didn’t buy it.
Overall: I was hoping for a little more, but it is still a solid installment in one of my favorite series.